The 25 Best Cigars of the Year 2008
Litto Gomez Diez 2008 Chisel Puro
Litto Gomez has, arguably, the most innovative mind in the cigar business. The proof is evident in his Chisel-shaped cigar, which first appeared in his La Flor Dominicana Double Ligero line. With its wedge-like head, the Chisel is Gomez’s unique spin on a figurado: he was inspired to create the size after chewing on a torpedo. The Diez line was Gomez’s coming-out party for his wrapper tobacco, which he grows on a farm in La Canela, Dominican Republic.
Gomez, known for his distinctive Montecristi Panama hat, launched the Diez line in 2004 to commemorate his 10th year in the cigar business. He made a change to the cigar last year, adding a vintage date to showcase the year of release—2008 is the first. While he also says he tempered the blend a bit, the Chisel remains a favorite of seasoned smokers, full of prominent leather and black pepper notes, and just enough balancing sweetness. The cigar is a work of art, and the flavor unmistakable.